Religiously Royal…

Close up image of the male and female flowers of a Royal Palm (Roystonea regia). The popular, native species, has separate male and female flowers. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Cuba and Christians both connect the Royal Palm with religious signifigance. The specie’s primary use is for landscaping in Florida. Copyrightberg.

CLICK image above to become more familiar with the Royal Palm. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Dreamy weeper…

The South Florida Plant Guide calls this plant a “dream of a tree”. In other words it is another favorite flowering tree.

The red flowers’ design and the dangling leaves gives incentives for it’s name; Weeping Bottlebrush Tree (Calistemon viminalis).

Marco image of the Bottlebrush Tree’s flower. CLICK on image to see a diagram of the flower’s design. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mmmm mangos…

I always assumed Mango trees grew about the size of apple and cherry trees. I should know that in tropical climates everything thrives better. We saw this tree on our neighborhood walk the other day. There were a few Mango low enough that I could have sampled one or two; but I was good and just captured these images. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Not quite ripe enough to enjoy other than with my eyes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Another “egg yolk” variety…

Both varieties of Plumeria (see previous post for other variety) were found on a stroll through a gated community in Ft. Lauderdale. It does seem appropriate to find such beauty in a secure environment; but apparently it is a favorite garden addition in tropical climates.

Taking advantage of a lower branch of this Plumeria tree I was able to get a closer image for your and my enjoyment. This species has the common five petals per bloom. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Plumeria tree with blooms and leaves. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Delicious Egg Yolks in the sky…

The Cantonese name for this tree is a fitting descriptor. Looking into the sky at this otherwise bare tree one sees it’s namesake flower, “gaai daan fa” meaning “egg yolk flower”. Plumeria is the more common name of this tropical favorite, named after a French botanist and explorer, Charles Plumber.

This Plumeria is mostly empty of leaves drawing complete attention to it’s luscious blooms. My attention was first on the bare appearance of the trunk assuming I was looking at a dead or distressed tree. Silly me. This variety has six petal flowers; most have five. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The rich color on the thick petals are awesome. CLICK the image for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Airy resurrection…

This resurrection is an air Fern known for going dormant or dead-like during times of drought and then vibrantly returning with a little rain. The Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodiodes) is an air fern, attaching to live Oak trees and obtaining it’s nutrients and moisture from the air.

Remergence of the Resurrection Fern. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mini ecosystem on this tropical tree including the Resurrection Fern. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Flaming into Spring…

Another eye-catching spring blooming tree is the African Tulip Tree (Spathadea campanulata). The bright red/orange tulip shape blooms appear in clusters up to 80ft. high above the place one usually admire Tulips.

Flame of the Forest” is another name for the African Tulip Tree. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Natural bouquets of Tulips; a little difficult to collect. Best observed uncut. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The rims of the petals are fringed appearing more orange than the rest of the bloom. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Eventually, like all blooms the petals rest of the Earth. Here petals are accompanied by a Blue Dasher Dragonfly. It was a fun surprise evident only upon reviewing my saved images. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Trumpeting new beginnings….

Spring enters with revelry. Passover and Easter are the religious celebrations of “new” and “born again”. This Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia caraiba) seems to shout out to any passer-bys that renewal is happening in nature once again. Hope for us all.

Close-up image of a Trumpet Tree bloom high up in the skyline; trees can grow to 40ft x40 ft. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Renewal underway. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Striking, attention grabbing Trumpet Tree. For more information CLICK the image above. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

New observation…

Another striking find during a walk at Flamingo Gardens. I wanted to touch them and see how hard or soft, how light or heavy they felt. Too high in the tree to answer the question. Look at the Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) tree. God (or whatever higher being your recognize) never ceases to amaze and humble me with his designs and creations.

The Tamarind tree are filled with pods caring multiple fruit which is edible and medicinal. The fruit is sweetest when the pods are dark brown. Each Tamarind tree yeilds over 350 pounds of fruit per year. CLICK the image to learn more. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Tamarind is a native of Aftrica; but enjoyed in many tropical parts of the world. I look forward to trying to view it when in flower, though the flowers are less striking in presence. I look forward to buying some Tamarind jam for my breakfast toast. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Cultural Christmas Tree Diversity…

All were part of the collection at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, celebrating Christmas traditions around the world. The museum also had exhibits on other cultural and religions holidays happening this time of year. I highly recommend a visit to see ALL the trees. My husband paused awhile at the tremendous train exhibit of course too. They had turned one of their trains into a Christmas train.

  • What countries do you recognize?
  • Which decorations were favorites in your childhood?
  • Which decorations surprise you?

Entryway Christmas Tree at Museum of Science and Industry. Breathtaking! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Peaceful. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Paper ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Diorama ornament! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Wooden and straw ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Native American celebration. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Origami ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Ho ho ho! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg